Kabuki, Vol. 1: Circle of Blood
Publish date: January 1st 2001
Publisher: Image Comics
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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Series: Kabuki (#1)
I read this a long time ago. In fact, I owned a few of the comic book editions though I think I've lost them through a series of moves and also to a flood. I loved David Mack's artwork as well as the story. It's a brutal tale though and not for the faint hearted.
Kabuki is an amazing if someone confusing series. The first volume is quite different from the increasingly abstract and psychological watercolor and collage work that follows, but taken by itself it stands quite well as a futuristic adventure story with beautiful pen and ink art.
I had read another of the Kabuki stories several years ago (Skin Deep maybe?) and loved it, but this one just didn't grab me. It's all in black & white, and it has a slightly more typical comic-book-action feel. What I loved about my previous David Mack experience was the lush, layered color and co...
I was glad I didn't read this one first. The series is SO GOOD later on, but it makes sense it would take the artist a while to build up steam. This was interesting for completists, but compared to the stuff that comes later it doesn't hold up. It's mostly engaging from an acadmic perspective. More ...